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Chapter 4. Getting People to Do the Work

Like many things in life, project management is a problem in supply and demand. The demand comes from the work to be done. (This was identified in Chapter 3.) The supply comes from the people to do the work. In theory your job is very simple. If there are 100 person-days of work to be done, there had better be 100 person-days of people to do the work.

If you want to have a fast project you want to make sure that this supply–demand equation stays in balance – that there’s always enough supply to match demand. Unfortunately the demand has a tendency to go up as stakeholders ask for more things, extra things, ‘Can it do this?’, ‘I thought it was going to do that’. If that isn’t bad enough the supply has a tendency ...

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